All About PARE In last week's blog post we looked at what resources we have available for Patient Advocates. This week we would like to go a step further and introduce our latest resource for advocates – Patient Assistance Resource Education (PARE). The purpose of PARE is to educate healthcare professionals on how to best utilize NeedyMeds to serve their patients. Advocates and medical office staff complete a web-based and self-paced course that goes in-depth into all of our databases and resources. After completing PARE, advocates will be able to navigate the often confusing and complex world of patient assistance. One of the primary lessons is on Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs). We currently list PAPs for over 4,381 drugs on NeedyMeds.org. However, many people are

unaware of how to apply to a program, and how the programs actually work. Every PAP is different, with different eligibility requirements. Using PARE, advocates and medical professionals will learn how to use NeedyMeds to find and enroll their patients in these programs. PARE provides guidance to professionals on how to assist individuals in a medical office setting, especially when they can only spend a limited amount of time with each patient.   In addition to a comprehensive demonstration on Patient Assistance Programs, PARE also covers other aspects of the NeedyMeds site. This includes lessons on programs for Chronic Diseases, our database of Coupons and Co-Pay Assistance, and our Drug Discount Card. After completing the course, students take an exam. Upon passing the exam, students…

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (also known as IDEA) is a federal program focused on providing financial aid for special education for children with disabilities. IDEA builds upon the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, which “intended to support states and localities in protecting the rights of, meeting the individual needs of, and improving the results for infants, toddlers, children and youths with disabilities and their families.” IDEA takes things a step further and “requires that schools provide special education services to eligible students as outlined in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). IDEA also provides very specific requirements to guarantee a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE). FAPE and LRE are the protected rights of

every eligible child, in all 50 states and U.S. Territories.” In short, the law guarantees that all children with disabilities have access to personalized and quality education.   What about Part C? Who Does it Serve? In addition to the educational aspects, Part C of the law also guarantees early intervention for infants and toddlers through age 2 with developmental delays (including infants/toddlers who have diagnosed physical or mental conditions with high probabilities of resulting in developmental delays) by providing grants to each state/territory to set up and administer the program. From Idea.ed.gov “Part C is a $436 million program administered by States that serves infants and toddlers through age 2 with developmental delays or who have diagnosed physical or mental conditions…